Dog Tips and Advice

PetGuide.com is your source for dog tips and dog advice. If you’ve got questions about how to find a pet, pick a vet, train your dog and everything in between, PetGuide.com has the answers… straight from the expert’s mouth. PetGuide.com asks the pet experts all the tough questions and offers invaluable insights that will have you begging for more. So sit, stay, and read about the dog tips and dog advice you’ve been panting for!

Need to teach an old dog some new tricks? With Petguide.com’s advice on training techniques and methods, your pooch will learn to play dead, come when called or love their new crate in no time. The holiday season is not merry anymore but rather a source of stress? Read up on tried and true methods of transforming holidays into a stress-free and dog-friendly affair. There is an emergency and you don’t have anyone to ask what to do? Our comprehensive guides on dog poisoning, traffic accidents, fires and other SOS situations will equip you with essentials for dealing with all kinds of trouble.

Your question is a… little bit hairy? Our series Ask the Hairy Godfather answers all of the questions you never had the courage to ask. What to do if you get a pooch as gift, but you can’t keep them? Should it be a deal breaker that your new bae doesn’t want pets? How to cope with a pet’s passing? Read how our expert duo answers these and many more important reader questions for life-saving tips and advice.

It’s not always easy being a parent of a pooch. Petguide.com offers dog tips and dog advice that cover every aspect of a dog owner’s lifestyle. Our blog will provide useful insights and helpful guides that will make you prepared for any challenge you or your dog might face!

How To Create a Safe and Inviting Pet-Friendly Backyard

You want a lush lawn, but you want pets to be able to safely enjoy it so you can spend more time outdoors. Here's how to do pet-friendly landscaping right.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Is Poop Getting In The Way Of Picking Up?

When you’re walking your dog, the only thing you usually pick up is the dog’s poop. But what happens when your Wing Man’s smelly mess keeps…

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: A Dog By Any Other Name

Our “Hairy Dogfathers” are here to offer expert and practical advice. Dog trainers (and handsome hubbies) Kevin and André are here to answ…

Helping A Child Cope With A Loss Of A Pet

Losing a pet is hard on the whole family, no matter the circumstances. Children are often especially burdened by the loss of a pet as death is hard for them…

How Can I Remove Plaque From My Dog's Teeth?

The best way to prevent plaque on a dog's teeth is to brush them, but what about existing buildup? How can you remove plaque from your dog’s teeth at home – or is it something that has to be done professionally? Here’s what you need to know about plaque and tartar and how best to remove them.

How to Stop Your Dog From Begging at the Table

You're enjoying a meal - when you look down, and notice your dog staring at you. Here's how you can stop your dog from begging at the table.

Expert Insight: Dr. Marty Becker and Winter Pet Wellness Tips

"America's Veterinarian" is an author, expert TV guest, and chicken-breast fondler. Dr. Marty Becker shares dog health tips to keep in mind over the winter.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: In Need of a Donation Rescue!

After being stood up by a rescue, a pair of grieving pet parents doesn't know what to do with their dearly departed dog's possessions.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Dog Birthday Blues

Birthdays are a time to celebrate... especially for pet parents. But what do you do when you don't know your dog's B-Day? The Hairy Dogfathers want to help!

Ask the Hairy Dogfathers: Doggy Chaperon Woes

Two's company, three's a crowd... especially when an overprotective Rottweiler is involved! Here's how you can make room for another person in your pack.

Ask the Hairy Dogfathers: Why Did She Shop, Instead of Adopt?

A shelter dog advocate is up in arms when a family member "rescues" a dog from a breeder. The Hairy Dogfathers have some ideas on keeping the peace.

Let It Snow: Getting Ready To Make The Most Of Winter With Your Dog

When I wrote an article on Urban Mushing, I was contacted by Kev Roberts, a skijoring, kicksledding, and dog-scootering aficionado who lives in Winnipeg, Man…

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Cabin Pet-quette

Borrowing a friend's cabin this summer? If your dog is coming along for the fun, the Hairy Dogfathers have a few tips to ensure you get invited back.

The Holidays Are Here… And So Are Puppy Scams

Did you know that the holidays are a time for puppy scams? In fact, according to a report from Veterinarians.org, California is the state with the most repor…

The Quest For Dog: Learning From Experience

In the second article of Amanda Schlee’s quest for the perfect dog, she takes a look back at a breed she has already owned growing up – but is it…

Tips For Removing And Keeping Dog Fur Off Your Clothes

Pet parents know what we're talking about - there's not an outfit that doesn't have dog hair on it. Here's how to keep that extra layer off your clothes.

Basic Dog Training Tips

We put together some basic dog training tips. When you're just starting out, there are a few important things you should know before you start dog training.

Responsible Pet Ownership: Beyond the Basics

Mike Bober, the President and CEO of PIJAC, shares his thoughts on why responsible pet ownership begins before you get a pet.

6 Well-Bred Tips For Keeping The Peace In A Multiple Dog Home

The more, the merrier? Not always, especially in a home with multiple dogs. Here's how to handle your pack and ensure your household doesn't go to the dogs.

How To Protect Your Gadgets From Canine-Related Chewing Crashes

What do you do when your dog mistakes your laptop for a chew toy? Here's what you need to do to protect digital information from doggy-related mishaps.

Losing A Pet: Dealing With The Death Of Your Dog

Nothing compares to the heartbreak of losing a pet, especially if it comes suddenly. We have some tips on how to cope with the grief after losing a pet.

4 Springtime Fresh Safety Tips For Dogs

Helpful spring safety tips for dogs and pet parents What is that we finally see? Could it be? Yes, it is! A patch of grass! The snow is melting, the sun is s…

Winter SOS: Cold Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

Winter serves up its own set of safety concerns when it comes to our dogs. By being proactive, you can ensure your dog as a warm and toasty winter.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Can You Return A Surprise Puppy Present?

One reason why you should NEVER give a puppy as a surprise present - the receiver may not want it! Advice on dealing with a gift that can't be returned.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Crazy Cat Complication

We’ve all heard of the “Crazy Cat Lady” – but what happens when it’s about to become the “Crazy Cat Couple?” The Ha…

How Do I Know What’s the Best Dog for Me?

You fall in love with every dog you see. But when it comes to ownership, an important question to ask is "What's the best dog for me?"

How to Find a Reputable Service Dog Training Program

We've seen a growing crop of scammy organizations offering "Service Dog Certification." If you have legitimate need for a service dog, do it the right way.

Ask the Animal Communicator: Concerns About Pets in Costume

Pet clothing, including holiday costumes and everyday wear, is quite in vogue these days. And it can be a lot of fun to dress up your pet. But is it as fun for your dog as it is for you?

Top 7 Reasons Why Your Kid Needs a Pet

Pets and kids go together naturally. From physical and mental health benefits to building self-esteem, here are a few reasons why your child needs a pet.

Miss Manner’s Top 10 Tips For Pooch Patio Etiquette

We want to take advantage of the nice weather. If you're heading to a restaurant or bar patio with your dog, keep these tips in mind while dining al fresco.

Ask the Animal Communicator - Family Friction

Interdog aggression is one of the most common reasons why pet dogs are relinquished. What can you do when everything you’ve already tried to help two dogs get along fails?

Ask the Animal Communicator: My Dog Is Always Hungry!

Dogs are not the world’s most popular companion animals for nothing. A dog can be the most loving and devoted pet you can imagine.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Unwelcome House Guest?

A wannabe dog owner is moving into a friend’s home – is this the right time to adopt a dog? The Hairy Dogfathers offer these housewarming tips (i…

7 Verified Tips for Landlords Renting to Pet Parents

For landlords who want to rent to people with pets but have been burned in the past, we've got seven things to check before your furry tenants move in.

Fetching Tips For Transitioning Fido To Fall

As the leaves begin to drop, it's a sure sign to pet parents that we need to get our dogs ready for fall. Be prepared for the season with these timely tips.

How to Crate Train Your Dog

To a dog, a crate is a home within a home. It's a safe den to chill in, or to recuperate - here's how to crate train your dog.

Ask the Animal Communicator: My Bearded Dragon Won't Snuggle With Me

Bearded dragons regularly top the lists of “most popular reptile pet.” What’s not to love? They look like tiny, well, dragons. They are notoriously clingy and c…

How Can I Help My Dog Adjust to a New Routine

Dogs thrive when they have an established routine. They like things to be predictable, so surprises are not always welcomed with enthusiasm. This means that any major changes in that established routine will require plenty of adjustment and could result in some odd behaviors.

Introducing A New Dog Into Your Multi Dog Household

If you're planning on adding a new dog into your multi dog household, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure all of your pets are just happy.

Bootie Call: Bootie-licious Tips For Picking Out Dog Boots

Get your mind out of the gutter! There’s nothing wrong with a little bootie action… when they’re on your dog’s paws. If you want a s…

Raising A Green Dog: Tips On Being An Eco-Friendly Pet Parent

How can you reduce your global paw print? Here are a few tips on how to do your part for the environment - it's easier than you think to have a green dog!

8 Egg-cellent Tips For A Dog-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Release the hounds! Put on those bunny ears and follow these tips for a fun Easter egg hunt your dog can take part in. Ah, the Easter egg hunt. The original…

Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds?

Is he looking for something or is he nesting? Learn the reason why your dog digs in his bed before he'll climb in for a snooze.

Ask the Animal Communicator: Why Does My Dog Bark So Much?

Barking. Even if you are a lifelong dog lover, the sound of your pup barking nonstop can seriously get to you after a while. Why do some dogs bark so much? Is y…

What To Do If Your Dog Gets Lost

One of your worst nightmares has come true. Don’t panic – here’s what to do if you lose your dog. There is nothing worse than the feeling o…

How to Make Time for Volunteering With Animals in Need

You'd love to help out with your local animal shelter, but you're just too busy. There are ways you can include volunteer work in your balanced life.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Daddy’s Puppy Problem

The Hairy Dogfathers take on some baby daddy drama – with a full house of animals and another baby on the way, is now the best time to add another pupp…

6 Questions to Ask Before You Adopt a Dog With Your Partner

You're thinking of taking a big step in your relationship - adopting a dog as a couple. Before you do, ask yourself these six important questions.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Boundaries Aren’t Just For Dogs

Someone's gotta be the bad guy - but this harried mom has a point. Here's what the Hairy Dogfathers have to say about setting boundaries for dad and kids.

Ask the Animal Communicator: What is My Horse Trying to Tell Me?

Caring for a horse is not like caring for other companion animals. For starters, horses can’t live in our homes with us! And horses are larger and much more pow…

Ask the Hairy Dogfathers: Unleashed Dog a Neighborhood Menace

A neighbor's unleashed dog is wreaking havoc on walks and leaving a mess in its wake. The Hairy Dogfathers know just what to say to curb this nasty habit.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Showing Off My Pooch Pride

It's the most wonderful time of the year - Gay Pride! The Hairy Dogfathers have some advice when it comes to bringing your dog along to Pride celebrations.

How to Perform a DIY Physical Exam on Your Dog

You know your dog better than anyone. Employ a hands-on approach when it comes to your dog's health in between regular veterinarian appointments.

How To Help A Dog Hurt In A Traffic Accident

No one ever wants to see a dog hit by a car, but you do want to be prepared so you can help. If you want to be more than a bystander, here's what to do.

How To Groom A Dog

Here are the basics you'll need to know on how to groom a dog. Feel free to print it out and keep it on the fridge for quick reference.

Is Your Kid Ready For a Pet?

"Can we please get a dog? I promise to take care of it." Your kid has been pushing you for a pet, but are you ready for the responsibility?

Is It Okay to Have Sex in Front of Your Dog?

Birds do it, bees do it - hey, it's natural! But it can be hard to do when someone is watching you. That's why you may ask if it's okay to have sex in front of your dog.

Tricky Tips On How To Hide Your Dog’s Medicine

Dog medicine can taste bitter, making it a hard pill to swallow. Here are some tricky tips that hide the bad taste and keep your dog from spitting it up.

How To Trim Dog Nails For a Perfect Pooch Pedicure

If you don't want to take your dog to a groomers to have it professionally done, you can learn to trim dog nails yourself with these easy steps.

How To Master The Art Of Dog Massage

You don't have to take your pooch to an over-priced spa to get a doggie massage - you can do it yourself! We've got some tips on how to give a dog massage.